Victim Support | Q+A with David, volunteer suicide bereavement specialist at Victim Support.
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Q+A with David, volunteer suicide bereavement specialist at Victim Support.

Q+A with David, volunteer suicide bereavement specialist at Victim Support.

David recently joined Victim Support and has completed our new suicide bereavement volunteer programme in Wellington. At the end of 2018, Victim Support was proud to launch a new pilot programme to enable volunteer support workers to register with Victim Support to work solely with those affected by suicide.

Can you talk a bit about your role as a volunteer suicide bereavement specialist?
As a new volunteer for Victim Support, I’m continually learning what I can do to assist those who have been affected by suicide in their family. What I have done so far is listen and support them as they continue to work through the grief, to understand there is a way forward while not forgetting their loved one who has died. For me it has been a learning curve but it has helped me to grow as a person.

Why did you want to be a Victim Support Volunteer?
From a young age I have been bought up to serve my community. and those that I come in contact with. As a deacon in the Catholic Church, I am familiar with supporting people who have been affected by death and loss of family members. Working with Victim Support as a volunteer is an extension of what I have done through life. In this role I feel that I can make a difference.

Would you recommend volunteering for Victim Support to people thinking about it?
We are all different but we all have something to give. I would totally recommend to anybody to have a go. To go through the training, understand what is involved and to realise that each one of us can make a difference to somebody’s life.

Interested in volunteering at Victim Support? Learn more here.